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ADVISORY: The Promise of Proficiency

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 9:00am – 10:45am

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Given the demands of a 21st century workforce, educators and policymakers agree that the purpose of high school has shifted from graduating students to ensuring that students are poised for success in college and career.

To drive toward this goal, every American high school must be able to systematically understand the extent to which its graduates are achieving college proficiency—in other words, how well their students are doing the year after high school. With this information in hand, high schools can make sound, strategic decisions to "launch" their students to postsecondary success.

Please join the Center for American Progress and College Summit in celebrating the release of "The Promise of Proficiency," a white paper that proposes steps the federal government must take to ensure that high schools are fully empowered to graduate students onto the path of college and career proficiency.

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks:

Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress
J.B. Schramm, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, College Summit

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address:

Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Introduction by:

Robert Campbell, Vice Chairman and U.S. State Government Leader, Deloitte LLP

9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Featured panelists:

Bethany Little, Chief Education Counsel, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Charles Thomas
, Principal, Crossland High School, Prince George’s County, Maryland
Emma Vadehra, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Department, U.S. Department of Education

Moderated by:

Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

10:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Closing:

J.B. Schramm, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, College Summit


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